The Anti-Defamation League’s Boulder Steering Committee will host the 4th annual Boulder Community Builder Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 16, 2009. The event will celebrate ADL’s work in Boulder County and honor two long-time Boulder leaders: Carmen Atilano, Administrator of the Boulder Office of Human Rights, and Rabbi Deborah Ruth Bronstein, Rabbi at Congregation Har HaShem.
Ms. Atilano has held her position for the last 16 years. Under her leadership, the Boulder Office of Human Rights has seen ground-breaking accomplishments, including the establishment of the City’s Immigrant Advisory Committee, the inclusion of transgender people in the City’s Human Rights Ordinance, and the establishment of Boulder’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, the largest annual celebration of diverse communities in the city.
Rabbi Bronstein has served as Rabbi at Congregation Har HaShem for 15 years and has been a leading voice in the Jewish social justice movement. She has been active in issues related to homelessness and chronic mental illness and in promoting diversity within the public school system. Through her 2004 Rosh Hashanah sermon, she inspired her congregation to become a nationally recognized model of humanitarian action in addressing the suffering in Southern Sudan and the genocide in Darfur.
Jerry Pinsker and Fred Toback, ADL Boulder Steering Committee co-Chairs, will emcee the luncheon. Other highlights include addresses from an ADL No Place for Hate® student leader and from Amy M. Stein, Community Director of the Boulder ADL Office, and Bruce H. DeBoskey, ADL Regional Director.
The luncheon Honorary Chairs are: Congressman Jared Polis; Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum; Brandon C. Shaffer, State Senate President; Boulder County Commissioner Ben Pearlman; Linda Loewenstein, Boulder JCC Executive Director; CU President Bruce Benson; CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano; CU-Boulder Vice Chancellor Sallye McKee; and Herta Hess Kahn, ADL Lifetime National Commissioner
ADL acknowledges the event’s generous supporters: Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado; Sloat & Nicholson, P.C.; Crist Mortuary; Congregation Har HaShem; and the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation.
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For 96 years the Anti-Defamation League has served as the defender of the Jewish people and the first responder for targets of anti-Semitism. ADL has had an operation in the Mountain States for 68 years, with a full-time satellite office in Boulder County for nearly two and a half years. With a proactive approach to educate and attempt to blot out anti-Semitism wherever it may appear, and with a reactive and responsive reach when hateful and tragic incidents do occur, ADL is the voice that dispels centuries-old myths, fights rumors and lies, and assists targets of anti-Semitism and all discrimination. There is strength in numbers, and there is power in truth. ADL provides that strength and power to the Boulder Jewish community….and beyond.
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